Late Edition, Feb. 21, 2021
Being an Ally, Keweenaw Waterway shipwreck hunting, and more
The newsletter is changing formats a little bit this week, but I don’t think it will be anything so major that we’ll lose anyone. Ultimately, I think this will be for the better. Our main features this week will be teased below, but then linked on Late Edition’s new, independent website: LateEdition.live
This has two major benefits.
First, this email will be a bit shorter, so if you don’t want to read every last word, you can scroll through to the things you want more easily.
Second, it means you can share individual stories. The old format meant sharing either the entire email, or nothing at all. Now you can share individual stories from the main website.
Recognizing Black History Month, with Jason Blanks
Jason Blanks is a friend from Grand Valley State University, but he’s grown beyond that distinction, too. Not only did he earn the same degree as I have, a bachelor’s in multimedia journalism, but he also has earned his master’s in communications. He’s a freelancer now, and produces a podcast, “Making History, HisStory Making” and also streams to his Twitch gaming channel several nights a week. He also consults with others on their own content creation.
He’s written an article for us about being an ally.
Being an Ally and the Importance of Minority Voices
Disclaimer: This article contains harsh language.
BY JASON BLANKS
As we get deeper and deeper into the new generation of political figures, policies, and social norms, two of the largest topics to emerge for minorities have been representation and the support of allies. People are waging ignorant wars in both the digital and physical world over technicalities that are unrelated to the real social problem.
You may ask, “What is the issue?” While I personally could give you my own perspective of the cause of current racial tensions, my viewpoint is restricted to…
History's relics still reside beneath the surface of the Keweenaw Waterway
BY JOSHUA VISSERS
Adrienne Newman learned about local shipwreck research while watching her neighbor’s garage burn down. She ran into another neighbor and friend, Captain Stephen Roblee, while viewing the scene.
“And he’s like, ‘Hey, I’m doing this shipwreck research, and I’m wondering--I need somebody to help me with social media content and basically marketing communications. Do you know anybody?” Newman said.
Aggregated News - Endorsed, not sponsored
These are articles (and a couple podcasts) I’ve found that I thought should be shared. None of the work is my own, but it comes from colleagues and organizations that I find generally trustworthy, or am personally a member of.
Click on the headline to be taken to the story.
I interviewed an anthropologist in 2014 who theorized the same thing. The lakes increase the stability of the local climate, protecting us somewhat.
The blending of African culture with science fiction extends well beyond Marvel’s Wakanda. NYT’s writer Robert Ito takes a closer look.
This partnership between the Traverse City Record-Eagle and the Mishigamiing Journalism Project has turned up some disturbing results so far.
A group of students in Winnipeg is finally realizing every geek’s dream—they’re playing video games in school, and they get to call it learning.
A video that Rep. Cynthia A. Johnson (D, Detroit) made in December has been repeatedly edited to make her appear threatening, and Trump’s team used it.
Stories like this concern me, because it shows how easily it could happen here, too. A non-profit would offer some protections and more credibility to reporters, which is part of why I want to form one.
The Swedish navy tried for more than a decade to chase down Soviet submarines in their waters, only to discover a red herring. It’s a great listen.
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